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Friday, February 6, 2015

Happy Birthday Mommala!

It's hard to believe that my Mommala celebrated her 80th Birthday this year!
A few words about my Mom first. No one could ask for a better one. All four of us Children are blessed with the most loving, funny, compassionate, beautiful Mom. I can still remember hanging onto her and crying as she dropped me off for Kindergarten. Who could blame me? I got to be with her while my older siblings were off at school. Just Mom and I shopping, visiting Aunts and Cousins and occasionally stopping at the little store in the Neighborhood where I could pick out a treat without having to share with anyone!
As we grew up there are many more great memories. Want to glue magazine pictures to your bedroom wall to create a giant collage? NO PROBLEM! Oh, you want to take paint and draw pictures all over your walls and in your closet? Have at it, I'll take you to buy the paint! I'm not so sure Dad was always on the same page but Mom was never one to stifle our creativity! She knew the paint could be covered, the pictures removed and she was the one that always turned it back to a presentable wall. Our house was where everyone hung out. We always had Friends from all four of us kids hanging around, eating dinner or even going on Vacation with us. Why? Because we had those kind of Parents. We had a Mom that everyone loved and a Dad that never turned anyone away from his table.
We couldn't let this wonderful occasion pass without throwing a party to celebrate this wonderful occasion.
My Sisters and Nieces all got together to start planning the event, the one thing that we knew for sure that it would be Winter themed. Mommala has been a life long lover of snowy, icy days. 
I received a text one day from her oldest Granddaughter that read... when I think of Grandma I think of 
toasting with Kummel
Her German~Hungarian heritage
The magic of Winter (if she could she would make Christmas last forever)
That was all that we needed! It sums up my Mommala to a t!
I found champagne colored glitter trees that lit up to decorate the 
tables in the main room. We decorated each tree with glass sparkle snowflakes and icicles  We ordered silvery rosette table runners for the dinner tables to top wintry white tablecloths. My Sister and I got to work making flowers out of coffee filters. We made a ton of them and then sprayed them with glue and heavily glittered them with Martha's fine glitter. We filled the vases with sparkle "snow" and inserted silver glitter branches, real pieces of evergreen and of course the flowers. We lightly sprinkled the fine glitter on the top of each table to give a shimmering of glitter under the lights. My Husband got a large box of Esther Price candies, my other Sister and I made our traditional cookies that we arranged on white doilies on silver trays to scatter around the room.  I made her a chocolate tiered cake iced with butter cream and decorated with edible glitter! I of course had to top it with a white sparkle deer and snowflakes, two of her favorite things. Mom loves to do scratch off tickets and spoils us with her Show Down dealing skills! LOL. She deals and the winner gets to pick jewelry prizes out of a bag that she fills through out the year! Who couldn't love that?! So when the ideas for party favors were being tossed around, my Niece came up with the idea of rolling lottery tickets as scrolls. We then attached them to a real evergreen that was sparkling with glittery white lights.
It turned out to be a beautiful night! Everyone showed up that was invited, her Sisters and Brother (my much loved Aunties that I speak of often here) Nieces, Nephews, our childhood Friends, Friends that have become like Family over the years. It was so wonderful to see all the lives that she has touched that came to celebrate.
Mom, thank you. Thank you for being the most wonderful Mom anyone could ever ask for. Thank you for always, no matter how old we get, being there unconditionally for each of your Children. You have also passed that loving, caring spirit to each of your Grandchildren and now each of your Great Grandchildren who get so excited when they get to go visit Great Grandma!
We look forward to many more memories to make with you.
We love you.

To many more happy years Mommala...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dressed to Party Crochet Pattern...

It's that time of year, my FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR! Along with the Christmas music and white lights covering every inch of my House I am on my mad dash to finish shopping.
My Niece suggested a bottle of her Boyfriend's favorite spirits since I got his name in the gift exchange. I couldn't just give him a bottle in a bag so I searched the Internet for something cute.
This is what I found, a crochet pattern for a hat and scarf to tie festively around the bottle! What a perfect way to use the little bits of scrap yarn that I have from all of my other projects! They work up quickly and make an otherwise plain gift into a cute bottle of cheer!
The pattern will follow the pictures!

Dressed to Party Crochet Hat and Scarf for Bottles

Chain 2, 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook.Do not join, work in continuous rounds
SC IN each sc around. 12 sc
(SC in first sc, 2 sc in next) 6 times. - 18 sc
ROUND 4, 5 and 6
SC In each sc around
ROUNDS 7-8 Sc in each sc around. At the end of round 9 Slip stitch into beginning.


Chain 4.

ROW 1 
Sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each a crossed. -3sc

Ch 1. sc in each chain a crossed 

ROW 3 AND UNTIL DESIRED LENGTH (I did 16 rows) repeat row 2. Fasten and tie off end.

Amazingly easy and adorable!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Chocolate Bars and Angels...

What? JULY was the last time that I posted on my blog?!
How can that be?
Do you ever feel that time is passing so quickly that you blink and months have swept by?
My days are filled with cutting petals and making roses. Our business continues to grow and sometimes I feel like I see the women at the fabric and craft store more than my own family LOL We were just contacted by a boutique in New York that is interested in carrying are headbands and accessories!
We have a "hired"our first employee thank you Momala! She saved me hours of work by cutting stacks of satin into circles. Momala, do you mind if your salary is diet pop on demand and an occasional lunch? Mr. tickled pink has requested that I at least keep a pathway so he can wade his way through stacks of lace, rhinestones and pearls! The only time he really complained is when he almost had a small mishap the other day. He had come to sit next to me on the couch to show me something on his phone, how was I suppose to know that my scissors had slipped between the cushions! I told him to count his blessings since they were blade side down! Some how he didn't see the humor in that.
My house has been slightly neglected but it does look pretty covered in assorted roses and mountains of glitter LOL!
When my great Nieces were home for a visit I had them model for us. It usually cost me a handful of candy or part of a chocolate bar. One day when I was getting ready to leave, Mia the three year old, said "Aunt Michele, Bring some more of those headbands tomorrow I will wear them for you if you give me candy!Which was quickly followed by "wait let's make it gum...yes, if you bring gum I will wear your headbands and let you take my picture!" Haaaaaa How could I possibly pass up that offer? The next day I came armed with sugarless gum and got beautiful pictures of the little Angels!
I'm sharing the pictures that make them look so Angelic, what you don't see is the chasing, pleading and mountains of wet wipes to remove the chocolate that goes with our photo shoots!

I love using nature as my inspiration so I couldn't help but slip one of our handmade roses in with fresh ivory ones that I had picked up at the store...

My goal is to get back here more often, especially with the Holidays quickly approaching.
Until we meet again,
Have a tickled pink day!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A few of my favorite things...

I'm just sharing a few of the photos from some of the things that made me happy yesterday. Just a pink rose or Parisian notes can take a dark day and make it just a little brighter!
Do you ever find yourself doing that? Grasping for anything that can bring just a little joy to your day. If not, I highly recommend  it!

Dessert for Breakfast? Yes please! 

Served on the pink rose dishes that were my Mommala's! I always loved them and when she moved she so graciously gave them to me. Thank you Mom they bring me so much joy when I use them

Notice the fabric strawberry in front of the cup? One of my favorite of my Auntie Helen's ideas...

(A's) cat, Scrap cat had mini scrap cats, can you stand how precious?

This one is going to live in Florida with my Great Nieces. They named her Tungo Dungo lol...

I love hydrangeas almost as much as I love roses...

Nothing will ever top pink roses though in my book...

I found some beautiful note cards while out shopping...

We all know my love of Paris, these cards will be perfect! 

This picture hangs in a room in my Home, I love it and it always reminds my of the dancing lessons Mr Tickled Pink and I took for our Daughter's Wedding...

Find the beauty in every day and while you're at it, have a tickled pink day!